Green Chile Chicken Enchiladas

Green Chile Chicken Enchiladas

Have you ever noticed that basic home cooking is all about the seasonings? Take chicken, for example. It’s a frequently used base for a main course that can be taken in many different directions with just a few seasonings. Want Mexican? Add chipotle chile powder, chile, cumin, jalapeno peppers, cilantro, etc. Want Italian? Add basil, oregano, parsley. To both styles add the ever present onions, garlic, and tomatoes.

Onions and garlic—I rarely cook without them. They are my best friends along with various herbs and spices, and that effervescent duo, salt and pepper.

Green Chile Chicken Enchiladas

I am doing back-to-back posts centered on chicken prepared similarly, but taken in two different directions; A Mexican influenced Green Chile Chicken Enchiladas and an Italian inspired Penne with Chicken and Cheesy Sauce.

These chicken enchiladas are my very favorite. The flavor is rich and full. The whole wheat tortillas hold up well to the sauce and do not become mushy. I hope that you will like them, too.

Green Chile Chicken Enchiladas
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Green Chile Chicken Enchiladas

Recipe by Terri @ that's some good cookin'

Ingredients

  • 1 pound shredded Mexican blend cheeses (I used a pre-shredded blend of jack, cheddar, queso quesadilla, asadero)
  • 8 10-inch whole wheat flour tortillas
  • For the Sauce:
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 4 tablespoons flour
  • 2 cups chicken stock or broth
  • 1 (16 ounce) can or bottle green enchilada sauce
  • 1 cup sour cream (I used light)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt ( Personally, I thought that the salt was too much, but others in the family thought that the salt was the right amount...Up to personal preference, obviously. )
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • For the Filling:
  • 4-5 cups cooked, shredded chicken (I used a deli roasted chicken)
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 (4 ounce) can chopped green chiles
  • 1/2 teaspoon chipotle chile powder
  • 1 cup sauce (above)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350-degrees F. Lightly butter a 9- x 13-inch baking dish.
  2. For the Sauce:
  3. Melt butter in a 4 quart sauce pot over medium to medium-low heat. Saute onions and garlic butter until translucent.
  4. Stir in flour well.
  5. Stir in chicken stock. Cook until somewhat reduced and thickened.
  6. Add enchilada sauce, sour cream, salt and pepper. Stir well and heat through. Set aside.
  7. For the filling:
  8. In a large bowl, mix together the filling ingredients--shredded chicken, chopped fresh cilantro, green chiles, chipotle chile powder, salt, and 1 cup of the sauce. Set aside.
  9. Spread 1 cup of the sauce in the bottom of the 9- x 13-inch baking dish.
  10. To assemble:
  11. Working on a regular sized dinner plate with one flour tortilla at a time, spoon 1/8 of the chicken mixture down the center of the tortilla. Top chicken mixture with a handful of shredded cheese. Roll tortilla tightly around filling. Place filled, rolled tortillas snugly side by side in the buttered baking dish.
  12. Pour remainder of sauce over the top of the tortillas. Sprinkle the remainder of the cheese over the top of the sauce.
  13. Bake for approximately 30-40 minutes until hot and bubbly and cheese has melted.
http://tsgcookin.com/2012/03/green-chile-chicken-enchiladas/
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Green Chile Chicken Enchiladas
Butter a 9- x 13-inch baking dish. Set aside.
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Green Chile Chicken Enchiladas
 In a 4-quart sauce pot over medium to medium-low heat, melt 1/4 cup butter.
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Green Chile Chicken Enchiladas
Green Chile Chicken Enchiladas
 Saute onions and garlic in butter until onions are translucent. Stir as needed and lower heat, if necessary, to keep onions and garlic from burning. In this picture, some of the onions caramelized; no problem.
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Green Chile Chicken Enchiladas
 Add the flour…
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Green Chile Chicken Enchiladas
 Stir the flour well into the onions and garlic.
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Green Chile Chicken Enchiladas
 Add the chicken broth to the onion mixture. Stir well and continue to stir while cooking over medium heat. It is not pictured here, but this mixture needs to be cooked and stirred until the mixture thickens and reduces somewhat. Stir in the green enchilada sauce and sour cream. Set aside.
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Green Chile Chicken Enchiladas
Green Chile Chicken Enchiladas
   In a large bowl, mix together the chicken, cilantro, chipotle chile powder, diced green chiles, and 1 cup of the sauce.
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Green Chile Chicken Enchiladas
  You can see in this photo the thickness of the sauce. Pour 1 cup of the sauce into the baking dish.
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Green Chile Chicken Enchiladas
 Spread the sauce evenly in the bottom of the baking dish.
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Green Chile Chicken Enchiladas
Place about 1/8th of the chicken filling across the center of a tortilla.
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Green Chile Chicken Enchiladas
 Put a handful of the cheese on the chicken mixture.
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Green Chile Chicken Enchiladas
 Tightly roll up the tortilla around the filling mixture. Place the tortillas snugly side by side in the baking dish.
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Green Chile Chicken Enchiladas
Green Chile Chicken Enchiladas
 Pour the remaining sauce over the enchiladas.
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Green Chile Chicken Enchiladas
 Sprinkle the rest of the cheese over the top of the enchiladas.
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Green Chile Chicken Enchiladas
 Bake these beautiful enchiladas at 350-degrees for 30-40 minutes until hot and bubbly. Sprinkle with chopped cilantro, if desired, and serve. As sides, you may want to try Simple Mexican-style Rice and Refried Beans.

You may also like:

Restaurant-style Salsa
Restaurant-style Salsa
Taqueria-style Slow Cooker Chicken
Taqueria-style Slow Cooker Chicken
Green Chile Chicken Casserole
Green Chile Chicken Casserole

 

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Comments

  1. says

    Gosh this looks so good. We actually went out to eat (something we rarely do) and just had Mexican food. I ate something similar to this.. but I am sure your filling is much more flavorful than the one I had. 🙂 Looks amazing! ~ Ramona

  2. says

    That sauce looks good enough to drink! Yummy, but that is not alot of ingredients so simple here I come. You have a wonderful blog and I visit often but rarely leave a comment. Please keep them coming and often. Happy Holy week also. Hope all of you have a great Easter.

  3. Eric says

    Oh wow…I think I’ll try this one next. Sometimes I wish I could make recipes like this and portion them up and keep them in the freezer for later.

  4. Judy says

    LUV your smothered burrito recipe, we will have it next week!! I read your comment about taking one ingredient like chicken and how easy it is to completely change it up. I recently made a chicken dish that I have not made in probably 20 years and it was divine!! I put 6 boneless, skinless chicken thighs in a 9×13 casserole that was Pam’ed. I poured one bottle Russian salad dressing (reg. size)in a bowl and added 1 jar peach preserves (medium size). Mix well and pour over chicken. Cover with foil, bake at 350* 30-45 minutes. When done, remove sauce to a small pot and put over medium low heat. Add a bit of slurry (equal amounts water and flour mixed really well, no lumps) and stir til thick. Serve chicken with rice and pour sauce over both. My son kept looking at me like I had lost my mind while this was baking, and he was hesitant to even taste it. BUT, he did taste it and three thighs and sauced rice later plus 3 King’s Hawaiian rolls he could not get over how good it was!! I ate sauce and rolls when the chicken was gone!! Catalina dressing and Apricot preserves work well, so does bone in, skin on chicken, just let it bake a bit longer (check temp to be sure it’s done). This could easily be done in a slow cooker, too.

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